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Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy

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Publisher Comments:

An illustrated foray into the hidden truth about the use of psychoactive mushrooms to connect with the divine. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Draws parallels between Vedic beliefs and Judeo-Christian sects, showing the existence of a mushroom cult that crossed cultural boundaries. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Contends that the famed philosophers' stone of the alchemist was a metaphor for the mushroom. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Confirms and extends Robert Gordon Wasson's hypothesis of the role of the fly agaric mushroom in generating religious visions. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Rejecting arguments that the elusive philosophers' stone of alchemy and the Hindu elixir of life were mere legend, Clark Heinrich provides a strong case that andlt;iandgt;Amanita muscariaandlt;/iandgt;, the fly agaric mushroom, played this role in world religious history. Working under the assumption that this andquot;magic mushroomandquot; was the mysterious food and drink of the gods, Heinrich traces its use in Vedic and Puranic religion, illustrating how ancient cultures used the powerful psychedelic in esoteric rituals meant to bring them into direct contact with the divine. He then shows how the same mushroom symbols found in Hindu scriptures correspond perfectly to the symbols of ancient Judaism, Christianity, the Grail myths, and alchemy, arguing that miraculous stories as disparate as the burning bush of Moses and the raising of Lazarus from the dead can be easily explained by the use of this strange and powerful mushroom. While acknowledging the speculative nature of his work, Heinrich concludes that in many religious cultures and traditions the fly agaric mushroom--and in some cases ergot or psilocybin mushrooms--had a fundamental influence in teaching humans about the nature of God. His insightful book truly brings new light to the religious history of humanity.and#160;

Book News Annotation:

In this unusual and controversial history of religion, Heinrich attributes miracles as varied as the burning bush of Moses and the raising of Lazarus from the dead to the hallucinogenic effects of the amanita muscaria, or fly agaric mushroom. The book is illustrated with color photos of mushrooms and examples of mushroom symbolism found in religious artwork. Heinrich, an ethnobotanist and student of yoga philosophy and Western mysticism, concludes that the use of such mushrooms in Vedic and Puranic religion, ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, may have had a fundamental influence on human perception of the nature of God. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-216) and index.

About the Author

Clark Heinrich has been an ethnobotanist since 1974 and has completed years of study with masters of yoga philosophy and Western mysticism. The coauthor of andlt;Iandgt;The Apples of Apolloandlt;/Iandgt;, Heinrich lives in the coastal mountains of central California.

Table of Contents

Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF AN UNUSUAL BOOK 

1 BEATING AROUND THE BURNING BUSH 

2 THE SOMA DRINKERS 

3 THE FLY AGARIC 

4 CURIOUS EVIDENCE 

5 THE DWARF SUN-GOD 

6 THE RED-EYED HOWLER 

7 THE SECRETS OF EDEN 

8 THE PROPHETS OF ANCIENT ISRAEL 

9 LIVING WATER AND THE BREAD OF LIFE: THE STORY OF JESUS 

10 THE KNOWERS OF GOD 

11 THE MYSTERIOUS GRAIL 

12 ELIXIR: THE SECRET STONE OF ALCHEMY 

13 AN ARTISTIC CONSPIRACY? 

14 HEAVEN AND HELL 

LAST WORD 

APPENDIX: THE LEGEND OF MISKWEDO 

NOTES 

ILLUSTRATIONS 

INDEX 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892819973
Author:
Heinrich, Clark
Publisher:
Park Street Press
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Alternate Spirituality
Subject:
Ethnobotany
Subject:
Spirituality - Shamanism
Subject:
Amanita muscaria.
Subject:
Elixir of life.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Religions -- History.
Subject:
Metaphysics-Shamanism
Subject:
ETHNOBOTANY;ETHNOBOTANY/RELIGION
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
First North American Edition of andlt;Iandgt;Strange Fruitandlt;/Iandgt;
Series Volume:
RN-0285
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
88 bandamp;amp;w illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.7 in 24.045 oz

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